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THE JEWISH NEWS

Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with the issue QI-Inly 20. 1951

Member American Association of English-Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association, National Editorial AssociatiOn.
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865, Southfield. Mich. 48075.
Second-Class Postage Paid at Southfield, Michigan and Additional Mailing Offices. Subscription S12 a year.

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor and Publisher

DREW LIEBERWITZ

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

Advertising Manager

Business Manager

ALAN HITSKY, News Editor—I-1E1M PRESS, Assistant News Editor

Sabbath ScrinturarSeIections

This Sabbath, the 12th day of Tishri, 5738, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal Portion, Deuteronomy 32:1-52. Prophetical portion, II Samuel 22:1-51.

Sukkot Scriptural Selections

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Tuesday: Pentateuchal portion, Leviticus 22:26-23:44, Numbers 29:1 ?-16. Prophetical portion, Zechariah 14:1-21.
Wednesday: Pentateuchal portion, Leviticus 22:26-23:44, Numbers 29:12-16. Prophetical portion, 1 Kings 8:2-21.

Hol Hamoed Sukkot

Thursday: Numbers 29:17-25.
Friday, Sept. 30: Numbers 29:20-28.

Candle lighting, Friday, Sept. 23, 7:10 p.m.

VOL. LXXII, No. 3

Page Four

Friday, September 23, 1977

Sinai Anniversary in Focus

Sinai Hospital's approaching 25th anniver-
sary focuses on community achievements
marked by notable advancements contributing
to the elimination of health hazards, advances
in medical treatments and encouragement for
protective aims to assure wholesomeness in
tackling human ailments.
Having started from scratch, from a min-
iscule movement that was propagated by a
long-functioning movement of the Jewish Hospi-
tal Association, the progress attained is so phe-
nomenal that in its 25 years Sinai Hopsital of
Detroit has gained a national reputation for ef-
fectiveness in tackling medical needs.
No institution the size of Sinai is without
errors or faults. Sinai is not an exception in the
medical field. What ails Sinai also is the prob-
lem of all hospitals, involving nursing care, phy-
sicians, and administrators' problems. Yet it
must be recorded to the credit of Sinai Hospital
that its governing board is concerned with the
needs and its medical chief, Dr. Julien Priver,
has never ignored a problem when he was con-
fronted by it.
There Will be much of communal interest to
recall when the Sinai history is reconstructed

on the 25th anniversary. The hospital's builders
are to be credited with devotion to the responsi-
bilities they assumed, and these can not be ig-
nored by the citizenry that has benefited from
the availability of an import&it Jewishly-ad-
ministerred institution.
It is heartening to know that the endowment
funds now credited to Sinai have been en-
hanced by the generous gife of $1,000,000 re-
ceived from Mr. and Mrs. Harold Soble. Their
gift is of unusual interest because 10 years ago
they had given a similar $1,000,000 contribution
which was distributed among Bar-Ilan Univer-
sity, Yeshiva University, Wayne State Univer-
sity's colleges of medicine and pharmacy, Sinai
Hospital and the Jewish Home for the Aged.
Such gifts are an encouragement for sharing
one's possessions with causes that benefit all in
a given community.
Sinai Hopsital's uniqueness is yet to be ex-
plored in many ways during the years of the an-
niversary celebration. Preparatory to that ob-
servance, the community has cause to feel elat-
ed that its needs are well-served by responsible
spokesmen.

Shocking Distortion of Truth

America's lawyers owe a great debt to the
cause of truth, to expose and repudiate a shock-
ing set of lies that have been attributed to a
group in their midst. The National Lawyers
Guild has become a tool in the hands of Arab
propagandists who are bent upon destroying Is-
rael, and the outrageous lie about an official Is-
rael endorsement of torture for Arab prisoners
and Arab residents in Israel administered terri-
tories became the test of an Arab full-page ad-
vertisement in the New York Times. The lie is
challenged by the national Jewish magazine
Moment in its October issue, and Moment also
has inserted a reply advertisement in the
Times in which the National Lawyers Guild's
guilt is exposed.
Proof now is provided that the National
Lawyers Guild has become a tool in the Arab
anti-Israel propaganda, that this group of law-
yers, claiming to have studied conditions in Is-
rael, actually had already entered upon a pol-

icy of anti-Israelism prior to its alleged in-
vestigation. Moment correctly charges that the
guilty lawyers are serving a devilish cause
which Moment exposes, declaring that "Ameri-
can public opinion is not for sale," exposing the
main culprits as follows:
"This ad was paid for by friends of Mo-
ment Magazine, not by countries with swollen
bank accounts where slavery is still practiced,
women are still oppressed, Jews are still per-
secuted, and where torture is a daily event. If
Saudi Arabia really cares about the Palesti-
nians, let is spend just the interest (over $2 bil-
lion last year alone) on its bank accounts to
solve the refugee problem."
The entire legal profession is maligned in
the nefarious actions of the National Lawyers
Guild. It is for the lawyers of America to act
and to expose the trickery of a group among
them that knows not respect for truth and de-
cency.

Diplomacy Globally Fumbled

An Argentinian government official, who
joined in the cermony of the signing of the Pan-
ama Canal treaty, at the White House, found it
necessary in inject a ticklish foreign issue with
a condemnation of Israel for her policy of en-
couraging the establishment of additional settle-
ments in Judea and Samaria. The President of
the United States took the cue and made anoth-
er of his critical statements with an affirma-
tion of his policy, which he referred to as a
long-standing American viewpoint, with a scath-
ing criticsm of Israel. The criticism was based
on a report that there were arrangements con-
cocted secretly by Israel to expand the settle-
ment plans.

Almost simultaneously, the secrecy was ex-
posed as being mere rumor and in knowl-
edgeable quarters it was reasserted that what
the President called an established American
policy really was never given in the emphasis
of the present White House occupant.

That diplomacy should have been so bungled
as to permit another rash of rumors which gen-
erate suspicion of Israel's motives is a cause
for deep regret that diplomacy should thus be
dragged through suspicion, distortions and bun-
gling. To paraphrase a famous phrase: diplo-
macy, oh diplomacy, what nonsense often gen-
erates in your name!

Historic Effects on Jewish Life
in New Dawidowicz Volume

All aspects of Jewish life and the experiences of most recent
years are echoes in a scholarly collection of essays by Lucy Davidow-
itz.
In "The Jewish Presence: Essays on Identity and History"
(Holt, Rinehart and Winston),• Mrs. Dawidowicz touches upon every
aspect of Jewish life. the experiences of recent times as related to
the ages. the religious debates that have marked clashing differen-
ces between Orthodox and Reform, the Holocaust and the liber-
tarianism of the Zionist ideal.
An eminent scholar whose research on the Holocaust gives her
the unquestioned rank of one of the best informed historians on the
Hitler era, Mrs. Dawidowicz has included valuable data on these ex-
periences in "The Jewish Presence."
In her interpretive work, Mrs. Dawidowicz gives new meaning to
the call for identification by Jews in the face of the many problems
that have accumulated in the modem period of a world stirred by
stirring challenges.
Mrs. Dawidowicz's own definition of her approach to the totality
of her work provides the most perfect guide for an understanding of
her ideology. She declares in her introductory chapter:
"By 'Jewish Presence' I mean the
preoccupation of Jews with them-
selves and with the nature of their
Jewishness. By 'Jewish Presence' I
also mean the space that Jews occupy
in the minds of non-Jews and the am-
biance that Jews have created in the
non-Jewish world. In my lifetime the
`Jewish Presence' in its several
senses has been especially visible in
the world. Indeed. many times Jews
desperately wished to be less visible,
to be offstage and unstarred in the
drama of human events. The Jews
have always, for better or worse,
lived in the vortex of history. The
'Jewish Presence' is the outcome of
LUCY DAWIDOWICZ
that turbulence."
A series of definitive essays on the most pressing Jewish issues
by so eminent a scholar—Mrs. Dawidowicz teaches history at Ye-
shiva University—could not possibly be complete without discussinc ,
the anti-Semitic aspects of Jewish experience. The anti-Jewish ft
tors. their effects, the manner of approach to tackling them. have
not been ignored in "The Jewish Presence."
Naturally, the question involving Jewish resistance plays a part
of the discussions inherent to the anti-Semitic issue as well as the
struggle for justice and liberation. The role of the Nazi barbarians is
under scrutiny and in the instance of the British obstructions in Pa-
lestine the famous charge of "Perfidy" by Ben Hecht receives due
attention.
Especially noteworthy is the attention given by Mrs. Dawidowicz
to the status of the Yiddish language and literature. the efforts that
have been made by lexicographers for the preservation of Yiddish
and the scholarship imbedded in Yiddish.
In its totality. "The Jewish Presence" is one of the most impres-
sive anthologies of historical date for all who need guidance in under-
standing the Jewish experiences of and the challenges facing Jews.
Mrs. Dawidowicz is the author of "A Holocaust Reader," and
"The Golden Tradition: Jewish Life and Thought in Eastern Eu-
rope." Her last book, "The War Against, The ,Jews.,,,193a-1945.: was
awarded an Anisfield-Wolf prize in 1976. and was widely praised.

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